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The Case of the Love Commandos by Tarquin Hall
  

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Tarquin Hall’s fourth Vish Puri whodunit has a freshness of style and a lightness of touch which belies the serious issue at the heart of the story; the abominable divisions and suffering caused by the Indian caste system. Hall paints a vivid picture of modern day India - despite being British himself - conjuring up the smells, colours, language and customs of everyday India, with a delicate humour which pokes gentle fun whilst showing his obvious fondness for its people and culture. The recipes at the end of the book are a nice touch along with the glossary of Indian terms.

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The Case of the Love Commandos by Tarquin Hall

The wonderful fourth outing for Delhi detective Vish Puri ('the Indian Hercule Poirot' Financial Times). These books are little gems. They are beautifully written, amusing, and intensely readable . (Alexander McCall Smith). When Ram and Tulsi fall in love, the young woman's parents are dead set against the union. She's from a high-caste family; he's an Untouchable, from the lowest strata of Indian society. Young Tulsi's father locks her up and promises to hunt down the loverboy dog. Fortunately, India's Love Commandos, a group of volunteers dedicated to helping mixed-caste couples, come to the rescue. But just after they liberate Tulsi, Ram is mysteriously snatched from his hiding place. The task of finding him falls to India's Most Private Investigator . Unfortunately, Vish Puri is not having a good month. He's failed to recover a cache of stolen jewels. His wallet has been stolen and he's having to rely on his infuriating Mummy-ji to get it back. And to top it all, his archrival, suave investigator Hari Kumar, is also trying to locate Ram. To reunite the star-crossed lovers, Puri and his team of operatives must infiltrate Ram's village and navigate the caste politics shaped by millennia-old prejudices.


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About the Author

Tarquin Hall is a writer and journalist who has lived and worked in much of South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the US. He is the author of Mercenaries, Missionaries and Misfits: Adventures of an Under-age Journalist; To the Elephant Graveyard; and Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the New East End. He is married to the journalist Anu Anand and lives in Delhi.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Tarquin Hall

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Crime / Mystery
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9780091937423

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